Once used in love potions and to perfume wealthy Romans, I come from a tropical evergreen tree. In the middle ages I was all the rage for those who could afford me. Thanks to the Dutch I got top billing in Europe. I am sold as a curled stick from my bark or as a powder. My pods produce oil that is used as a culinary and a medicinal ingredient. I am a native of Sri-Lanka, Southern India and the West Indies. I am used in almost anything, sweet or savory, but my favorite places of residence are buns, chocolates, coffees in the winter, ice-creams on the Riviera in summer, and anything apple. I have two main varieties, but my flavor in either fades fast, so don't get stick with me! I contain calcium, potassium and iron and added to tea I can soothe the digestive system.


1043 Produce Quiz courtesy of:
Richard Leibowitz
Culinary Specialty Produce
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